Donald Palmer, Jr., Ohio
The state of Ohio carried out the execution of Donald L. “Duke” Palmer, Jr., on September 20, 2012. Donald was pronounced dead at 10:35 am local time inside the execution chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. Donald was 47 years of age. He was convicted and executed for the murders of 41-year-old Steven R. Vargo and 43-year-old Charles W. Sponhaltz on May 8, 1989, in Belmont County. Donald spent the last 22 years of his life on death row in Ohio.
Donald’s parents were divorced, and he lacked a constant father figure growing up, as his mother was divorced three times. She was also addicted to prescription drugs. Donald also began using drugs at a young age.
Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Steven Vargo and Charles Sponhaltz. Please pray for the family of Donald Palmer.
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